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  • ‘Chicago!’ gears up for Roane debut

    From left, Dinah Taylor as Roxie Hart, Trevor Burrell as Fred Casley, Mariah Ogden as the police officer, and Brandon Green as Amos Hart perform in the scene of “The Murder of Fred Casley” in Creative Arts Co-Op’s Roane County production of “Chicago!”

    Fifteen students from Harriman, Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood high schools and the home school community have been practicing since January to recapture the magic of the roarin’ ’20s.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. March 28-29, April 4, 11-12.

  • AUTHORITIES ISSUE WARNING AFTER DISEASED RACCOONS KILLED

    Rockwood Police Department and Animal Control destroyed three suspected rabid raccoons this week.

    The most recent was Thursday.

    “That one today was foaming at the mouth,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Another was killed the previous day and the first over last weekend.

  • Nelson to run for defender

    Kim Nelson qualified to run for circuit court judge in January, but on Thursday she said she was switching gears and running for  9th Judicial District public defender instead.

    “I really feel like I’m being led in this direction and to this position, and I think I will be very well suited for the public defender’s position,” she said.

    Nelson, who currently serves as circuit court clerk for Roane County, said she hadn’t filed the necessary paperwork yet to run for public defender. She has until April 3 to do so.

  • Farewell to The Roane Alliance chief

    Finding a way to cut back while continuing to serve as president and CEO of The Roane Alliance proved too difficult a task for Leslie Henderson.

    “I love this job,” she said. “I love The Alliance. I love the people I work with. I love the things we’ve been able to do, but you can’t cut back in this kind of position.”

    Today — Friday — will mark Henderson’s last day as president and CEO of the county’s economic development organization, a job she’s held since Feb. 16, 2004.

  • Report: Man exposed self to child

    Harriman police are looking to the public to help identify a man believed to have exposed himself to a child at Kroger Wednesday around 5 p.m.

    The department posted a description of the man on its Facebook page.
    He was said to be a white male, around 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet in height with a stocky build and long, dark, greasy hair.

    Harriman Police Department said they’ve only received one reported incident of this nature by 911.

    Anyone with information can call the Harriman Police Department crime tip line at 590-9010.

  • ZUMBA TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

    A group will gather to do Zumba at the former Kroger building at the Shoppes of Walden Ridge from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 28.

    The exercise event is to raise cancer awareness and money for Darlene Scarbrough, a pancreatic cancer patient who bonded with Zumba instructor Kay Houser before becoming too ill to participate in the Aqua Zumba where they met.

    “When we met at Aqua Zumba we just had a bond right off the bat,” said Houser.

    “It is more than a fitness class. We are just family — no matter who you are,”

  • Exercise event raising funds for cancer patient

    A group will gather to do Zumba at the former Kroger building at the Shoppes of Walden Ridge from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 28.

    The exercise event is to raise cancer awareness and money for Darlene Scarbrough, a pancreatic cancer patient who bonded with Zumba instructor Kay Houser before becoming too ill to participate in the Aqua Zumba where they met.

    “When we met at Aqua Zumba we just had a bond right off the bat,” said Houser.

    “It is more than a fitness class. We are just family — no matter who you are,”

  • Rockwood scores a perfect audit

    What a difference a year makes.

    Rockwood’s financial audit, once a source of controversy among city leaders, didn’t just make a turnaround.

    The auditors announced that they found nothing to report on the internal control and compliance portion of the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

    “I can tell you there are no findings,” auditor Richard Hill said Monday. “There were no material weaknesses, no material instances of noncompliance.

  • Parole granted again for Davis, Manson follower

    Charles Manson follower and Roane County High School graduate Bruce Davis has again been granted parole.

    The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Board of Parole Hearings issued the grant on March 12.

    Davis remains incarcerated because the parole board’s decision is subject to a 120-day review period.

    The governor of California can reverse the board’s decision and keep him behind bars.

    Davis, 71, is no stranger to the review process.

  • Bunch signs off on 2nd federal plea

    Rufena Jean Bunch has signed a plea agreement for the second time in her federal robbery case.

    The first one was signed on Nov. 4, 2013. She agreed to plead guilty to aiding and abetting Hobbs Act robbery and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during a crime of violence. However, she reneged on that agreement when Knoxville attorney Bruce Poston was retained to represent her.

    Bunch, 26, signed another plea agreement on March 2.